Kia is all set to unveil its flagship electric model, the EV9 SUV, which should go on sale towards the latter half of 2023. The upright and quite boxy three-row SUV rides on the same E-GMP platform as the EV6, but it has a much larger footprint and a considerably more spacious cabin, with its wheelbase that is 7.8 inches longer than the Palisade, Kia’s ICE equivalent in the lineup.
The South Korean automaker recently shared a teaser video showing an obscured production EV9, revealing part of its front fascia, as well as its side profile and part of its rear light cluster design. Interestingly, the company posted the video on its Indian website and Twitter account, announcing that the model would be fully revealed during the New Delhi Auto Expo, scheduled to be held between 12th and 15th January 2023.
— Kia India (@KiaInd) December 27, 2022
The production EV9 will retain the concept’s overall dimensions, although its design will be different and more toned down. The concept which was first revealed at the LA Auto Show in 2021, was almost 5,000 mm long and it rode on a 3,100 mm wheelbase, enough to give it ample room inside for all three rows of seats, as well as plenty of headroom given the vehicle’s height.
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Battery capacity is expected to be increased compared to all current E-GMP models. According to sources, the EV9 will have around 100 kWh, good for a range of around 540 km on a single charge. Kia might also offer more than one battery pack option, as well as a rear-wheel drive base version as the most affordable entry point. The EV9 SUV is expected to play an integral role as the South Korean automaker strives for 1.2 million EV sales annually by 2030.
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